“I asked a thief to steal me a peach…” so starts a poem of seduction by William Blake. And, while Stacey and I did not steal our peaches (we bought ours from the store), we were able to bring out flavors in them that just might be illegal.
It’s a perfect way to enjoy a long weekend, or a Summer’s afternoon, combining vanilla bean ice cream, juicy peaches and a red-hot barbecue. When these three get together, with the smoky peach skin and caramelized flesh melting the ice cream, they create flavors and textures that make lasting memories.
At one point in time I am sure these mates were perfect strangers. The lonely peach sitting in a bowl by itself as sweet as can be. The ice cream, chillin’ in the fridge waiting to see the light. And the barbecue that brings them all together. But today, they are a match made in heaven. Perhaps that is why the thief never took the peach in William Blake’s poem, in the end it was an angel.
On a side note, I thought a great idea would be to blend the whole affair and create a milk shake. What do you think?
- Ripe Peaches
- Brown Sugar
- Vanilla Ice Cream or Greek Yogurt
Wash peaches and then cut in half. Sprinkle a bit of brown sugar on top and balsamic. Lightly brush oil on a hot grill (to prevent sticking) and place peaches face-down on grill. Grill into soft and then remove drizzle honey and serve over ice cream or yogurt.
* To get a clean cut with your peach. I run my knife around the entire circumference of the middle of the peach a few times, and then gently twist to remove peach for the pit.
Now go slow and savour the flavors of this dessert and admire the color of the peach it’s like watching a sunset melt behind a mountain. Or just go slow and avoid a ice cream brain freeze.